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Dedicated to Advancing Social Learning for a Lifetime of Well-Being

Providers' Conference, CA | June 23 - 25, 2017

Social Thinking San Francisco
Conference Location
  • South SF Conference Center
  • 255 S. Airport Blvd.
  • South San Francisco, CA 94080
Hotel Location
  • Holiday Inn
  • 275 South Airport Blvd.
  • South San Francisco, CA 94080
  • Get a discounted hotel room through the Social Thinking Group Block! Click here to reserve your room online and use group code: STT.
  • Discounted Hotel Rooms Available through 06/07/2017
Description

Join us for the 10th Annual Social Thinking Global Providers’ Conference! Every year, hundreds of practitioners of the Social Thinking Methodology from around the world come together to share ideas, expand their toolbox, and network. Discover new frameworks, strategies, and programs that are being developed across the globe and bring them back to your community! Note: Our Providers’ Conference is not for beginners - it’s intended for those who are well-versed in the methodology and would like to expand their skill set.

This year’s theme:

Social Competencies, Not Just Social Skills

These terms mean different things, and how you define them likely impacts how you teach. At Social Thinking we work to improve social competencies, not just social skills. Join us to learn more!

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We are proud to be one of the only companies in education that feeds both your mind and body. Each day of the conference, enjoy a delicious full lunch complete with bottomless coffee and tea - on the house! Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. For additional dietary allergies or restrictions, please plan accordingly.

We also want to make sure you are getting the best deal possible for your budget and are happy to provide you with Early Bird and Team Discount Rates.

General Schedule
Providers Conference

Friday June 23, 2017

Day 1 of Providers Conference

All Ages

Keynote Speaker:

 

Dr. Carol Westby, CCC-SLP is a consultant for Bilingual Multicultural Services in Albuquerque, NM, an affiliated professor at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, and has received the Honors of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She has published and presented nationally and internationally on theory of mind, language-literacy relationships, narrative/expository development and facilitation, assessment and facilitation of written language, and issues in assessment and intervention with culturally/linguistically diverse populations.

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Telling Tales: The Interactive Roles of Fictional and Personal Stories in Social-Emotional Development and Communication
Dr. Carol Westby, CCC-SLP, Brigham Young University

 

Increasing attention has been given to the importance of personal narratives, particularly those triggered by autobiographical memories and integrated into life stories. Such personal narratives and life stories are associated with the development of a sense of identity, self-regulation, and social problem solving. From their emergence at the end of the preschool years through adulthood, autobiographical memories provide the foundation for relating personal narratives of individual experiences. Those with ASD and related disabilities exhibit greater difficulty with personal than fictional narratives.

In this session, the role of personal event narratives and life stories in the development of self-identity and self-regulation will be explained. The literature on development and assessment of personal narratives will be reviewed and strategies to promote development of personal event narratives and life stories will be described and demonstrated.

 

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At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

 

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

 

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

 

Click here to see more Continuing Education Information

Providers Conference

Saturday June 24, 2017

Day 2 of Providers Conference: Full Day of Keynotes

All Ages

Keynote Speakers: 

Bonnie Singer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is the Founder/CEO of Architects For Learning, where she trains educators,consults with schools world-wide and directs a staff in the Boston area that provides academic intervention, assessment, and consultation services. In partnership with Dr. Anthony Bashir, she developed EmPOWER™, a method for teaching expository writing, and Brain Frames®, graphic scaffolds for language, literacy, teaching, and learning. Her primary research and publications focus on the relationship between spoken and written language, cognition, spatial processing, and self-regulated learning.

 

Patricia Prelock, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CLis Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders, and Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Dr. Prelock coordinates parent training programs designed for caregivers of children with autism spectrum. She has 159 publications and 500 peer-reviewed and invited presentations in the areas of autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, collaboration, language assessment and intervention, and language learning disabilities.

 

Tiffany Hutchins, Ph.D.is the Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Vermont. She has developed and validated new measures of theory of mind that can be used in research and practice with typically developing children and individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is currently investigating the efficacy of story-based interventions to remediate the core deficits of ASD and has recently established a new program of research to examine how individuals with ASD allocate visual attention when viewing face stimuli.

 

Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLPis the founder of Social Thinking and specializes in the treatment of individuals with social cognitive learning challenges. She is a senior therapist at the Social Thinking Center in San Jose, California, as well as a prolific writer and international speaker. Michelle helps educators, mental health professionals, and parents appreciate how social thinking and social skills are integral to a person’s success – be it in school, in relationships, in the community, or in his/her career. In 2008, Michelle was honored with a Congressional Recognition Award for her groundbreaking work.

 

Pamela Crooke, Ph.D., CCC-SLPis Social Thinking’s Chief Officer of Research and Clinical Services and the Director of the Social Thinking Training and Speakers Collaborative. She is also a clinician at the Social Thinking Center in California, where she has an active caseload of children, teens and adults. She is an international Social Thinking speaker and is the co-author (with Michelle Garcia Winner) of four award-winning Social Thinking books. Pamela has served on the clinical faculty of three universities, worked in the Arizona public schools for 15 years, and published a study on the effectiveness of using Social Thinking vocabulary in the schools.

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Supporting Executive Functions for Social Problem Solving: Make Thinking Visible
Bonnie Singer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Founder & CEO of Architects For Learning

This presentation will examine the relationships between executive functions, language, and social thinking, with an eye toward how these systems support and constrain the ability to organize ourselves and solve social problems.  We will begin by exploring the growth trajectories of five core executive functions across the life span, considering their unique effects on learning.  Our attention will then turn to how graphic strategies called Brain Frames® can represent the organization of language for key aspects of problem solving: developing action plans and self-reflecting.  Using Garcia Winner’s (2016) framework for Solving Problems Before or After they Become Problems, we will use these visual strategies to develop action plans as well as foster hindsight and foresight for the purpose of social problem solving.  Participants will have ample opportunity for hands-on practice, allowing them to experience how these strategies can shape self-awareness and social thinking.

 

Using Art to Create Powerful Person-Centered Visuals!  A Case Study on the Power of Visuals and Passions When Teaching Gifted Individuals
Michelle Garcia Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP, Founder of Social Thinking

While Social Thinking’s Methodology is described as a language-based approach to teaching social competencies, Michelle Garcia Winner continues to observe that at times language is lacking when it comes to organizing and emotionally connecting to self and others. To that end, Michelle will describe her use of Social Thinking’s Methodology to provide a framework for encouraging her clients’ selfexpression through art, whether that means stick figures or masterpieces. We will then review, through case study, how the client informs the teacher of the next steps in teaching and relating, utilizing their own art to guide self-directed outcomes.

 

Innovation in Theory of Mind Assessment and Treatment Planning for Individuals with Social Learning Challenges
Dr. Patricia Prelock, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, University of Vermont & Dr. Tiffany Hutchins, University of Vermont

In this presentation, we briefly describe the nature and scope of Theory of Mind (ToM) and outline challenges to traditional assessment methods. A well-validated broadband measure of ToM that takes a novel, family-centered approach to assessment (i.e., The Theory of Mind Inventory-2) is explained. Additionally, the Theory of Mind Atlas (ToMA) will be introduced which is a resource that maps a wide range of ToM concepts. The ToMA offers up-to-date evidence-based summaries that describe the development of each ToM domain and how that domain may be disrupted in a variety of clinical conditions. Case examples using children with ASD are presented to demonstrate how to relate ToMI-2 results to ToMA content for guiding treatment planning that is developmentally-appropriate, evidence-based, and aligned with family’s priorities. Finally, we describe ongoing research that combines the use of the ToMI-2 with the Social Thinking eScale for identifying social-cognitive classifications within clinical conditions. We explore how the use of these tools in combination can help us think more deeply about how the child’s ToM may interact with social, cognitive, and academic characteristics that are clinically relevant for supporting success.

Melding Thoughts and Theories into Action: The Role of the Social Mind in Pathways for Treatment
A panel discussion with Michelle Garcia Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP, Founder of Social Thinking & Pamela Crooke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Social Thinking's Chief Officer of Research and Clinical Services with Dr. Patricia Prelock & Dr. Tiffany Hutchins

Understanding the different types of social learners and their minds has become a core emphasis of the work related to the Social Thinking (ST) Methodology. Over the years, we have developed and continue to refine iterations of the ST-Social Communication Profile (ST-SCP) (Winner, Crooke & Madrigal, 2008, 2017), including our most recent electronic version (ST eScale). This ongoing exploration has most recently led to our discovery of the work of Hutchins and Prelock (2014, 2016), whose groundbreaking insights into theory of mind led to the development of the Theory of Mind Inventory-2 (ToMI-2). While both tools are designed to take a deeper look at social cognition, the ToMI-2 is both a both a broad and granular measure with strong psychometric and research support, that explores social cognition through the lens of theory of mind. The ST-SCP explores practical aspects of every day functioning related to social cognition (e.g., social academic tasks, interpretation, social self-awareness, etc.). It seeks to create distinct typologies of social learning supported by recent research, extensive clinical experience, and client and family feedback. The ST-SCP has been shared with the clinical community and many have adopted it for use in treatment planning, but it does not yet have empirical support. During this session, Pam and Michelle will begin by describing the basics of our ST-SCP and then we will have a panel discussion with the authors of the TOMI-2. This panel, where east meets west, will discuss using technology, innovation, and collaboration to understand and ultimately provide better avenues for treatment planning based on data regarding an individual’s social cognitive abilities.

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At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

 

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

 

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

 

Click here to see more Continuing Education Information

Providers Conference

Sunday June 25, 2017

Day 3 of Providers Conference

All Ages

Keynote Speakers: 

 

Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP is the founder of Social Thinking and specializes in the treatment of individuals with social cognitive learning challenges. She is a senior therapist at the Social Thinking Center in San Jose, California, as well as a prolific writer and international speaker. Michelle helps educators, mental health professionals, and parents appreciate how social thinking and social skills are integral to a person’s success – be it in school, in relationships, in the community, or in his/her career. In 2008, Michelle was honored with a Congressional Recognition Award for her groundbreaking work.

 

Pamela Crooke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Social Thinking’s Chief Officer of Research and Clinical Services and the Director of the Social Thinking Training and Speakers Collaborative. She is also a clinician at the Social Thinking Center in California, where she has an active caseload of children, teens and adults. She is an international Social Thinking speaker and is the co-author (with Michelle Garcia Winner) of four award-winning Social Thinking books. Pamela has served on the clinical faculty of three universities, worked in the Arizona public schools for 15 years, and published a study on the effectiveness of using Social Thinking vocabulary in the schools.
 
Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP,
Co-Director of Cognitive Connections, LLP is an internationally recognized expert on executive function and regularlypresents on the programs she has developed with her Co-Director Kristen Jacobsen. Their 360 Thinking Executive Function Program received the Innovative Promising Practices Award from the National Organization CHADD. She has presented to over 500 public and private schools.

 
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Social Input and Output? What do these have to do with Treatment Planning and Measurement?
Michelle Garcia Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP, Founder of Social Thinking & Pamela Crooke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Social Thinking's Chief Officer of Research and Clinical Services

From a treatment perspective, a social skills program is only as good as the interventionist’s knowledge of how people learn and ultimately produce social skills. In this workshop, we will explore two mechanisms that are critical for developing social competencies: social input and social output. We will define these terms from a practical and developmental standpoint and then use this knowledge to guide participants in discovering the many social inputs required for generating informed and sophisticated output. Participants will use a visual tool (i.e., Social Thinking’s Social Competency Model) to guide their journey in understanding the relationship of input/output to establishing everyday treatment priorities. We will also demonstrate the ways in which narrative data can track a student’s evolving abilities in their own social input and output.


Thinking About You Thinking About FUTURE Me: Executive Function and Visualizing the Future Self
Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP, Co-Director of Cognitive Connections, LLP

Our executive function program teaches students to be a Mind MIME:  to mentally pre-simulate an experience to successfully achieve a future goal.  This episodic future thinking is essential for flexibility of actions and thoughts as it enables us to simulate an optimal future scenario and anticipate possible problems so we can pre-plan for and select possible courses of action.  At the core of Social Thinking is “Thinking about You and Thinking about Me” to teach students to consider the “thoughts, beliefs, intentions, emotions, knowledge and actions of another person along with the context of the situation to understand that person’s experience.”  Central to social executive functioning is “Thinking about Future Me” where one uses theory of mind to consider and make smart guesses about what their future selves would be doing, thinking, feeling and saying. Visualizing ‘future me’ enables us to compare ‘planned vs. actual’ so we can self-regulate and adapt in the moment as we experience glitches and distractions.  Many students with social thinking challenges struggle with self-projection, episodic scene construction and the ability to simulate future events.  Learn many practical strategies to teach students to: think socially about ‘future me’, visually construct a future scene, mentally time travel, use prospective motor planning, and create future narratives.

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At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

 

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

 

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

 

Click here to see more Continuing Education Information

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Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
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$171.50

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11% Off 2 Day

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the confe rence a s pa r t of the i r paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$347.20

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$303.80

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Full 3 day Conference

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Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the confe rence a s pa r t of the i r paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$495.20

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$433.30

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Up to 20% Off
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Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the confe rence a s pa r t of the i r paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$245.00

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$208.25

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11% Off 2 Day

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Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the confe rence a s pa r t of the i r paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
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Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
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Full 3 day Conference

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Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
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$526.15

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